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7:30 PM ET, April 8, 2021


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New York Times:
Indicted Matt Gaetz Associate Is Expected to Plead Guilty, Lawyers Say  —  The associate could cooperate with prosecutors, giving them information about Mr. Gaetz's relationships that investigators are examining for possible sex trafficking violations.  —  ORLANDO, Fla. …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Key figure in Matt Gaetz probe likely cooperating with federal prosecutors  —  ORLANDO, Fla. — The legal peril Rep. Matt Gaetz is facing appeared to increase sharply Thursday after a court hearing indicated that one of Gaetz's close friends, former Seminole County, Fla., tax collector Joel Greenberg …
Ross Ibbetson / Agence France-Presse:
Punchy billboard appears overnight in Matt Gaetz's home state of Florida as he denies sex trafficking a 17-year-old girl  — Gaetz, 38, is being investigated by the Department of Justice over allegations he had sex with a 17-year-old girl  — DoJ is also probing separate claims that Gaetz …
Discussion: Raw Story
Matt Gaetz associate likely to strike plea deal, attorneys say
Tom McLaughlin / Northwest Florida Daily News:
Hub City Florida billboard takes a pot shot at U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz
Discussion: The Hill
Washington Post:
Manhattan district attorney seizes evidence from Trump executive's former daughter-in-law  —  NEW YORK — Investigators from the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, acting on a grand jury subpoena, took possession of financial records Thursday morning from the apartment of Jennifer Weisselberg …
Jacob Shamsian / Insider:
Trump Org CFO's ex-daughter-in-law hired a former top financial fraud prosecutor to pore over ‘boxes of documents’
Discussion: Raw Story
Ankush Khardori / New York Magazine:
Andrew Weissmann on How to Prosecute Trump
Discussion: Raw Story
Meg Kinnard / Associated Press:
AP source: NFL player Phillip Adams killed 5, then himself  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The gunman who killed five people including a prominent doctor in South Carolina was former NFL player Phillip Adams, who killed himself early Thursday, according to a source who was briefed on the investigation.
Stephen Gutowski / Washington Free Beacon:
Biden Gun Speech Filled With Falsehoods  —  President Joe Biden made numerous false and misleading statements while unveiling a package of gun-control actions on Thursday.  —  Biden falsely described how federal firearm laws work as he called for Congress to amend those laws.
Annie Linskey / Washington Post:
Biden calls gun violence in the U.S. an ‘epidemic’ and ‘embarrassment’ as he announces executive orders to tighten restrictions
Dan Gross / New York Times:
I Helped Lead the Gun Control Movement. It's Asking the Wrong Questions.
New York Times:
Anti-union votes lead as counting continues in Amazon union drive.  —  The first ballots counted in a closely watched bid to unionize an Amazon warehouse in Alabama were heavily against the effort, according to an unofficial tally of the results by The New York Times.
Jay Greene / Washington Post:
Emails show Amazon pressed Postal Service for mailbox outside warehouse before union vote  —  The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union may claim the company's role tainted the Bessemer, Ala., balloting and could move to overturn the results if it loses the election
CBS News:
“60 Minutes” on its story about vaccine distribution in Palm Beach County  —  CBS News issued a statement Wednesday that defended a “60 Minutes” segment that aired Sunday, April 4, on the early vaccine rollout in Palm Beach County and pushed back against claims made in recent days by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
Jeff Burlew / Tallahassee Democrat:
Florida Elections Commission general counsel arrested on child porn charges  —  Eric Lipman also served as an officer with a nonprofit soccer league for boys and girls aged 4-17.  —  View Comments  —  The general counsel for the Florida Elections Commission was arrested Wednesday on charges …
Discussion: The Hill and Florida Politics
Shane Harris / Washington Post:
Intelligence forecast sees a post-coronavirus world upended by climate change and splintering societies  —  U.S. intelligence officials have little comfort to offer a pandemic-weary planet about where the world is heading in the next 20 years.  Short answer: It looks pretty bleak.
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
Emily Anthes / New York Times:
Has the Era of Overzealous Cleaning Finally Come to an End?  —  This week, the C.D.C. acknowledged what scientists have been saying for months: The risk of catching the coronavirus from surfaces is low.  —  When the coronavirus began to spread in the United States last spring, many experts warned of the danger posed by surfaces.
Discussion: SFist and HotAir
Noah Bierman / Los Angeles Times:
Politicians dread the sting of #KHive, the fervent online fans of Kamala Harris  —  When Rep. Ro Khanna started pressing Vice President Kamala Harris to use her procedural power to push a national minimum wage hike a few weeks ago, he found himself targeted by a swarm of online Harris supporters.
Discussion: Politico
Thomas Moore / The Hill:
Former Fox host Eric Bolling walks off BBC interview  —  Former Fox News host Eric Bolling walked off an BBC news show Wednesday after another guest on the show, Aisha Mills said his concern for black communities was a lie, Mediate reported.  —  “I think it's really rich for any Republican …
Emma Colton / Washington Examiner:
Eric Bolling walks off set after guest accuses him of pretending to care about black people to make political point
Discussion: RedState
Lee Fang / The Intercept:
Howard Dean Pushes Biden to Oppose Generic Covid-19 Vaccines for Developing Countries … Howard Dean, the former progressive champion, is calling on President Joe Biden to reject a special intellectual property waiver that would allow low-cost, generic coronavirus vaccines to be produced to meet the needs of low-income countries.
Discussion: Common Dreams
Melissa Chan / The Atlantic:
‘I Never Thought China Could Ever Be This Dark’ … This article is a collaboration between The Atlantic and the Fuller Project.  —  On a summer afternoon nearly four years ago, Maryam Muhammet thought her family's long journey to freedom was almost complete.
Discussion: ABC, Breitbart and National Review
Michael Lipin / Voice of America:
US ‘Monitoring’ as Iran Sends Fuel Tankers to Venezuela in Defiance of Sanctions  —  WASHINGTON - As Iran sent three gasoline shipments to fuel-starved Venezuela in recent months in defiance of U.S. sanctions, the Biden administration apparently did nothing to stop the tankers …
Geoffrey Fowler / Washington Post:
We tested the first state ‘vaccine passport.’ Here's what worked — and didn't.  —  New York's Excelsior Pass has some solid privacy protections.  But it's complicated to use and easy to fake.  —  Want to go to a Yankees game?  Watch a Justin Bieber concert?  Let's see your app.
Natalie Allison / The Tennessean:
Gov. Bill Lee signs permitless carry bill into law as Tennessee joins 18 other states  —  Tennessee is officially one of 19 states where permitless gun carry will be the law.  —  Gov. Bill Lee on Thursday signed a bill allowing most adults to carry a handgun without a permit …
Discussion: Insider, The Hill, The Daily Caller and WVLT
Doha Madani / NBC News:
1 dead, 5 others shot in Texas industrial park shooting; suspect in custody … At least one person is dead and five others were shot — four in critical condition — in a shooting at an industrial park in Bryan, Texas, and the suspect is in custody.  —  Officers responded to a call reporting …
MJ Franklin / New York Times:
For Him, the Delight Is in the Digging  —  Patrick Radden Keefe has investigated human smuggling, government espionage and the Northern Ireland conflict.  With “Empire of Pain,” he takes on the Sackler family and the opioid crisis.  —  Patrick Radden Keefe has always been interested in secrets.
Nathan Tempey / Gothamist:
The Cause Of Roberto Grant's Death In Notorious Manhattan Jail Was Deemed “Undetermined.”  Experts Now Say It Was A Homicide  —  It was May 2015, and Roberto Grant had pleaded guilty to taking part in a series of luxury watch store heists.  He was awaiting sentencing at the Metropolitan Correctional Center …
Murray Waas / The Guardian:
Michael Flynn ignored official warnings about receiving foreign payments  —  Trump's former national security adviser was warned about taking foreign money as far back as 2014, the Pentagon's inspector general has found, undermining claims of political persecution
Discussion: The Intellectualist
Rich Edson / Fox News:
Scientists slam WHO-China report, demand ‘full investigation’ into COVID-19 origins  —  Changes urged at the World Health Organization to allow for an independent investigation  —  WHO faces international criticism on COVID origin report  —  A year into a global pandemic …
Rich Lowry / National Review:
That Time Stacey Abrams Suppressed the Vote  —  The activist started Jim Crow 2.0 in Georgia.  —  y the time the reader of the Stacey Abrams book Our Time Is Now gets to page 89, he is numb with the relentless contentions that any effort to make the Georgia elections system more secure or economical …
Ezra Klein / New York Times:
Four Ways of Looking at the Radicalism of Joe Biden  —  It's unexpected, but it's not inexplicable.  —  Joe Biden didn't wake up one day and realize he'd been wrong for 30 years.  —  I covered him in the Senate, in the Obama White House, in the Democratic Party's post-Trump reckoning.
Washington Post:
Facebook and Twitter must ban all anti-vaccine accounts  —  Letitia James is the attorney general of New York.  William Tong is the attorney general of Connecticut.  —  President Biden has announced that every adult in the nation will be eligible for the covid-19 vaccine as of April 19.
Andrew Branca / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Chauvin Trial Day 8 Wrap-Up: “I Ate Too Many Drugs” Video May Be Game-Changer  —  Once again the defense weaponizes prosecution ‘expert’ witnesses against the prosecution case.  — Parler  — Gab  — MeWe  — Buffer  — Pocket  — Blogger  — Yahoo Mail  — Viber
Discussion: Breitbart
Pew Research Center:
Confronting 2016 and 2020 Polling Limitations  —  Pew Research Center's efforts to examine its American Trends Panel surveys and develop solutions  —  Pew Research Center conducted a series of analyses exploring data quality in its U.S. surveys, specifically those conducted …
Associated Press:
Expert: Lack of oxygen killed George Floyd, not drugs  —  MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — George Floyd died of a lack of oxygen from being pinned to the pavement with a knee on his neck, a medical expert testified at former Officer Derek Chauvin's murder trial Thursday, emphatically rejecting the defense theory …
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
Biden administration spending $60 million per week to shelter unaccompanied minors  —  The Biden administration appears to be spending at least $60 million per week to care for the more than 16,000 migrant teenagers and children in shelters operated by the Department of Health and Human Services …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
A GOP governor's frantic appeal to Trump voters reveals a terrible GOP truth  —  The tragic plight of Brian Kemp, the Republican governor of Georgia, deserves careful study.  It reveals that in the post-Trump GOP, the space for behaving with even a modicum of real commitment to democracy …
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Sherman Smith / Kansas Reflector:
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Discussion: Political Wire
Gillian Brockell / Washington Post:
Who are ‘White Lies Matter’? Meet the group that says it turned a stolen Confederate memorial into a toilet.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Tucker Higgins / CNBC:
Man who carried Confederate flag to Capitol during Jan. 6 riot indicted
Discussion: Forbes and Raw Story
Princeton University News:
In an extraordinary year, Princeton offers admission to 1,498 students for the Class of 2025
Discussion: Power Line
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Kurt Schlichter / Townhall:
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